Young Slovenes living across the border: the social and cultural contexts and current challenges

Fundamental research project financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)

Project promotion: the Institute for Ethnic Studies (INV)
Partners: the Slovene Research Institute (SLORI), the Slovene Scientific Institute (SZI) and the Urban Jarnik Slovene Ethnographic Institute (SNIUJ)
Supervision at SLORI: Dr Devan Jagodic and Dr Zaira Vidau
Project implementation period: 2013–2016; after the project was officially concluded, partners have been preparing the material for publication in four monographs (2017–2019)

This project draws on the opinion of experts and researchers dealing with issues related to the Slovene ethnic minority and identity, who seem to agree that at this moment in time considerable attention should be placed on young people from all four Slovene ethnic minorities (i.e. in Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary). On the basis of the results gathered in the papers that have already been published, as well as research work carried out as part of this project, both a qualitative and quantitative approach have been adopted in the empirical part of the project, which is based on an insightful research model. One of the project’s most important features is that–thanks to its approach and meticulously designed survey sampling (respondents were divided by age, gender, level of education, type of education, social and economic status, etc.)–it will be possible to compare data from various border regions inhabited by the Slovene ethnic minority.

In 2017, researchers Dr Zaira Vidau and Dr Devan Jagodic edited the papers that will be published in a monograph dedicated to the project. The monograph will be published between 2017 and 2019 and will be divided in four volumes. Each volume will focus on one of the following topics: 1) The general situation of young people, 2) Models of social participation 3) Language profiles and 4) Identity. Each volume is divided into three parts: a theoretical and methodological introduction to the topic, a core empirical section and a comparative conclusive section.

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